frigid

adjective
frig·​id | \ ˈfri-jəd How to pronounce frigid (audio) \

Definition of frigid

1a : intensely cold frigid water
b : lacking warmth or ardor : indifferent had an emotionally frigid father
2 : lacking imaginative qualities : insipid writing precise and frigid poetry
3a : abnormally averse to sexual intercourse used especially of women
b of a female : unable to achieve orgasm during sexual intercourse

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Other Words from frigid

frigidly adverb
frigidness noun

Examples of frigid in a Sentence

The frigid gusts of wind stung their faces. She was born into an emotionally frigid family.
Recent Examples on the Web As the sun sets on the Arctic and darkness settles over the North Pole, a deep reservoir of frigid air builds up across the region. Brian K Sullivan, Bloomberg.com, "It’s the Warmest Winter Ever and It’s the North Pole’s Fault," 8 May 2020 More than 100 record-low temperatures are forecast over the next few nights, from the Great Lakes to the Northeast and down to the Deep South, thanks to a weak polar vortex that's spilling out frigid Arctic air. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "How to protect your garden from May's surprise cold snap," 8 May 2020 But when exposed to frigid air, ice will convert directly to water vapor, a process called sublimation. Madeline Ostrander, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a Tunnel Beneath Alaska, Scientists Race to Understand Disappearing Permafrost," 4 May 2020 But when exposed to frigid air, ice will convert directly to water vapor, a process called sublimation. Madeline Ostrander, Wired, "Want to Study Permafrost? Get It Before It's Gone," 2 May 2020 Someone lighting a cigarette for me in the frigid air. Minhae Shim Roth, Glamour, "Getting My Ph.D. Was a Lifelong Goal. Doing It With Postpartum Depression Wasn't In the Plan.," 31 Mar. 2020 Between late fall and into winter, lake effect snow occurs in the Great Lakes region when frigid air, often from Canada, moves in. Fox News, "New York homes covered in ice, resemble 'Frozen' after storm brings strong winds, lake-effect snow," 29 Feb. 2020 With frigid air moving into the Northeast Friday and Saturday morning, expect temperatures to get close to the coldest readings so far this season. Max Golembo, ABC News, "Coldest air of the season hitting the Midwest and the Northeast," 14 Feb. 2020 And because these are snow machines, the short intake runners are always ingesting frigid air. David Beard, Car and Driver, "2020 Ski-Doo Summit 850 Turbo Finds Higher Ground," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of frigid

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for frigid

Latin frigidus, from frigēre to be cold; akin to Latin frigus frost, cold, Greek rhigos

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The first known use of frigid was in 1619

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13 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Frigid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frigid. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for frigid

frigid

adjective
How to pronounce frigid (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of frigid

: very cold
: not friendly or loving : lacking emotional warmth
of a woman : not wanting to have sex : not enjoying sex

frigid

adjective
frig·​id | \ ˈfri-jəd How to pronounce frigid (audio) \

Kids Definition of frigid

1 : freezing cold … he breathed again, feeling the sharp intake of frigid air.— Lois Lowry, The Giver
2 : not friendly a frigid stare

frigid

adjective
frig·​id | \ ˈfrij-əd How to pronounce frigid (audio) \

Medical Definition of frigid

1 : lacking sexual desire : abnormally averse to sexual intercourse used especially of women
2 of a female : unable to achieve orgasm during sexual intercourse

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